Surgical Management – Balloon Sinuplasty
Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure
Every sinus surgeon, when confronted with a patient demonstrating chronic sinusitis, has to determine what the best technique or surgical procedure is to effectively treat the condition with least morbidity. One innovative technique involves using a balloon to dilate the entrance to the sinuses. This minimally invasive technique is called “balloon sinus dilation” or “balloon sinuplasty,” during which Dr. Gerencer threads a guide wire equipped with a tiny balloon into the nostrils and up to the area of blockage. Once inserted, he then inflates the balloon just enough to open the passageway. Since the procedure is so minimally invasive with no cutting or scraping of the sinuses, no packing is necessary, and the recovery time is minimal. The technology is safe and quick. However, it is critical to know and trust that your surgeon understands the limitations of balloon sinuplasty. The balloon technique cannot treat ethmoid sinusitis and is only effective for patients with mild disease. Dr. Gerencer introduced balloon sinuplasty to New Mexico in 2006 and has the experience to reliably determine whether the balloon procedure is the right procedure for you!
This sinus surgery can be performed in Dr. Gerencer’s office with local anesthesia, which allows you to have a speedier recovery and get back to your normal life much more quickly. Dr. Gerencer is an expert in the area of balloon catheter dilation and was the first performing the procedure in the state of New Mexico.
Insert Balloon Sinuplasty Video
Balloon Sinuplasty Technology Animation
The sinuses are a series of inter-connected, hollowed spaces in the skull. Their walls are lined with mucus-secreting membranes. Small hairs sweep the mucus out of the sinuses so it can drain out through your nose. These mucous membranes may become infected or inflamed because of a cold or allergies and can swell up and block the nasal passages so that fluid from the sinuses can’t drain. A buildup of fluid in the sinuses causes pressure and pain. Doctors call this sinusitis.
Acute sinusitis comes on quickly and then leaves. With chronic sinusitis, people have symptoms virtually all the time and take many courses of medications such as antibiotics to treat the inflammation. Severe sinusitis may require a surgical opening of the passageways with rigid steel instruments placed up through the nostril to remove bone and tissue blocking the drainage.
With the introduction of the innovative Balloon Sinuplasty technology, there is now a minimally invasive way to widen the sinus opening. Using this technology a balloon catheter is delivered to the blocked passageway and is gently inflated, widening the opening of the passageway and thus allowing drainage and relief from the pain and pressure.